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Adil Khan: “There’s something in that blue jersey”

Adil Ahmed Khan

Adil Ahmed Khan

Adil Ahmed Khan has been recently touted as one of the best young midfielders – someone who has matured fast. This Goan prodigy started playing the sport at the age of 14 in his locality. Adil’s parents were quick to note his talent and didn’t waste time in enrolling him with Vasco Sports Club.

Life moved fast for Adil. He started his professional career two years later at the age of 16 with SESA FA, where he had his first brush with the 1st Division league. He stayed with SESA for seven years, turned a professional and then moved to Sporting Clube de Goa.

For the past four years he has been the backbone for Sporting leaving his mark in the I-League in the process. His efforts bore him fruit when the hard work earned him a call-up to the Indian national team for the exhibition match against FC Bayern Munich.

“It was a dream come true when I got the call. But this is just the start. I need to work harder to be a regular member,” Adil maintained.

“There’s something in that blue jersey,” he confessed. “If I get a chance to play in the forthcoming AFC Challenge Cup, I will be trying to make the most of it. It’s a very important tournament.”

“If I get a chance, I’ll stick to the basics and follow the instructions. Needless to say, I’ll give my hundred percent,” he added.

“My younger brother looks up to me and so do the kids in my village. But I’m not a star. I’ve just started. I want to play.” he went on.

The hardworking midfielder named Mahesh Gawli as his favourite Indian player. “Mahesh-bhai has been so composed as a player. His dedication should be a lesson for all,” Adil told. “Off the field, he has always been a strict disciplinarian. I always look upto him.”

(Edited AIFF Press Release)